Judge Bruce Schroeder has reportedly received hundreds of disturbing messages throughout the Kyle Rittenhouse trial — many of them accusing him of being racist and some of of them advocating for violence against his children.
What are the details?
In messages obtained by the Daily Mail, malcontents have been threatening to effect payback against Schroeder's children if Rittenhouse is found not guilty of murder charges in connection to the Kenosha riots of 2020.
The Kenosha County Courthouse received the messages, sent via email, letter, and fax, and were viewed by the Daily Mail.
One emailer said that Schroeder, who has been presiding over the Rittenhouse case in Kenosha, Wisconsin, wore a "white robe of the Klan" under his "black robes of justice."
One message, which included wishes of violence against Schroder's children, stated the hope that Schroder's children one day become "victims to the most heinous homicide known to man so he feels the pain."
The profane message added, "[W]e will call his kids not victims but bitches."
Another promised that Rittenhouse "won't live long" if he is acquitted.
"We are watching. Enjoy your term, judge, it's going to be your LAST," another person wrote. "If I ever meet you in person, I fully intend to spit directly into your face, regardless the cost. You're disgusting."
Another mailer wrote, "Wow way to name a white skinhead hot head to be a judge. No wonder they burn [sic] down your city."
According to the outlet, Schroeder has vowed to "deal with" his harassers, and said, "I wouldn't want to be those people."
The report added that a police car is stationed outside Schroeder's home guarding him 24 hours per day.
Schroeder on Monday handed the case over to the jury with a message to deliver a fair verdict following their deliberations.
“The time has now come where the great burden of reaching a just, fair, and conscientious decision in this case will be placed totally with you," Schroeder told the jury. "You will not be swayed by sympathy, passion, prejudice, or political beliefs. You will disregard any impressions that you may have, which you may believe are my opinion on the guilt or innocence of the defendant ... You will disregard the claims or opinions of any person, news media, or social networking site. You will pay no heed to the opinions of anyone — even the president of the United States, or the president before him."
“The founders of our country gave you, and you alone, the power and the duty to decide this case," Schroeder added.